Today is the last day of the KS legislative session, also known as sine die which I believe is Latin for “destroyed a state.” The big question today is will they address the large elephant in the room that I have affectionately named Gannon?
According to some, including Senate President Susan Wagle, the answer is no.
Wagle said the state’s attorneys have not had enough time to analyze the school finance decision, and she sent the AP an e-mailed statement saying that she, Brownback and House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, have agreed that the sine die session will end in one day “as originally planned.”
“After much discussion today, we are looking into addressing the Gannon decision on Sine Die,” wrote Christie Krieghauser, Merrick’s chief of staff.
- The transgender bathroom debate – KS lawmakers want to defy the federal mandate. I always enjoy watching lawmakers debate something that will find themselves on the wrong side of history. I’m sure there will be juicy blog content coming out of this debate.
- A veto override of Senate Bill 280 involving Pizza Hut Franchises and $42 million in taxes (wowsa that’s a lot of taxes! I’m in the wrong business.)
- The legislation contains a provision that would make it easier for taxpayers to appeal rulings by the Board of Tax Appeals. The bill is seen as helping Gene Bicknell, who has been engaged in a rolling battle with the state since it audited the taxes he paid from 2005 to 2008 and found that he owed $42 million based on his 2006 sale of NPC International — America’s largest holder of Pizza Hut franchises with hundreds of restaurants. Suddenly I’m hungry for lunch!
- Last, but not least, farewell speeches by lawmakers not returning next year. I hope they carved out a huge chunk of the day for this part of the agenda since I’ve heard that many won’t be returning.
As always, I’ll be following it all on #ksleg – hope you will join me!